Steve Andrews in a promotional image
Canton, Cardiff, Wales
|Other names||The Bard of Ely|
|Occupation||Musician, Journalist, Author, TV presenter, Compère|
|Known for||Welsh icon, coloured beard|
Steve Andrews (aka "The Bard of Ely"), was born in Canton, Cardiff in 1953 and lived in Ely for 25 years, a suburb on the outskirts of Cardiff in South Wales. He is a singer-songwriter, writer and Journalist with a strong interest in botany and conservation. Andrews is known for having a brightly coloured beard and being a Welsh icon.
He has written articles and features for many publications including Tenerife News newspaper, Big Issue, Kindred Spirit, Eye on Life magazine, Prediction, Permaculture, Feed Your Brain, Living Tenerife and the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners magazines.
Television and radio
Andrews was a co-presenter for two series of "In Full View" on the BBC Choice Digital channel and has also been featured on HTV's "Weird Wales" and appeared as a musician on BBC Cymru Wales' "The Slate", and a guest on BBC2's "Roll over Beethoven". Also his song "Rubber Ducky" was used in the drama Y Tŷ ("The House") on S4C.
Andrews was a guest on many of Steve Johnson's radio shows in Wales.
Andrews has released a number of albums since 1989 on various indie record labels, including a collaboration with Ian Kaye and Philip Moxham (from "Young Marble Giants") called "Taffia EP" and has had tracks released on a number of compilations.
|1997||Sound of One||Very Good Records||vinyl LP|
|1998||Mask||Pink Lemon Records||vinyl EP|
|2002||Taffia EP||Crai Records||CD||Collaboration|
|2003||Best of the Bard||mp3.com||CD|
Tracks contained in compilations:
|1989||Meltdown the Album||Chariot Records||vinyl LP|
|1993||Pop Vocals and Instrumentals||Off the Shelf Music||CD|
|1998||Take It to the Bridge Vol. 3||Bridge Records||CD|
|2001||United World Underground||MMATT||CD|
|2002||Dim Apathi||Dockrad Records||CD|
|2003||Green Man Festival album||Double Snazzy||CD|
|2003||Bands United||Bands United||CD|
- the book "The World's Most Mysterious People" by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
- the book "The Last of the Hippies" and other titles by C. J. Stone
- as Peter's guide to the west of Cardiff in the book "Real Cardiff" by Peter Finch
- quoted at length in the book "Leonard Cohen: a remarkable life" by Anthony Reynolds 
- www.thebardofely.com – Steve Andrews' homepage
- "Steve Andrews || O-Books || Author Profile". O-Books. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "Herbs of the Northern Shaman: Amazon.co.uk: Steve Andrews: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- cardiff wall of fame featuring the bard of ely – video showing "the bard of Ely" in the center of Cardiff on a Billboard
- www.amazon.co.uk/Hummadruz-Life-High-Strangeness-ebook (Amazon Kindle)
- tenerifenews.com – orchids are blooming in a garden in puerto de la cruz
- "Guest Writers – EYE ON LIFE MAGAZINE". Eyeonlifemag.com. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "bardofely". YouTube. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "Bard of Ely's UFO encounter as recalled under hypnosis". YouTube. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- Steve Johnson's radio shows on various stations including: Capital South Wales, Valleys Radio, 106.3 Bridge FM, Radio Cardiff and BBC Radio Wales
- "Zeitgeist presents United World Underground". The-rocker.freeservers.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "Dockrad". Dockrad. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "Bands United – Welcome to the Bands United Compilation CD Project's Official Site". Colleengray.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "The World's Most Mysterious People". Lionel-Fanthorpe. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "Cj Stone". Cj Stone. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "Real Cardiff". Peter Finch. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- bookdepository.co.uk/Leonard-Cohen-Remarkable-Life-Anthony-Reynolds/ pages 96–97